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Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satsifying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combinatino of angles and trajectories in Video Ball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your oppoenents.

This list includes 71 games from the last 28 years, with 355 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to combine dexterity and instincts.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 355

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Freddy Spaghetti

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Price: 35% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @RatalaikaGames

Players: This is a single player game

Freddy Spaghetti is a running and jumping game. But you play a piece of spaghetti rather than a person. The game simulates the pasta’s physics as you use two trigger-buttons and a joystick to steer the main character across a wide variety of levels,...

Rocket League

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @PsyonixStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Teardown

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @TuxedoLabs

Players: This is a single player game

Teardown is a strategic game where you plan and execute a heist in a fully destructible environments. Your objective is to claim the key cards that are hidden around the map. However taking one triggers the alarm, giving you only sixty seconds before...

Kill It With Fire

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 13/08/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @TinyBuild

Players: This is a single player game

Kill It With Fire is a fighting game where you kill spiders. Lifting objects, looking under things and generally exploring the houses means you find spiders. The challenge is then to kill them with increasingly ridiculous weapons.

The Long Dark

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 22/09/2014

Price: 65% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @HinterlandGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...

Escape from Tarkov

Expected Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 27/07/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @BStateGames

Players: You can play this with 14 players online

Escape from Tarkov is an online shooting game set in the fictional Norvinsk region in Northwest Russia. You play during a war between two private military companies and join matches to fight others for loot, survival and ultimately escape.

Fancade

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 30/04/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Developer: @MartinMagni

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Fancade is a collection of simple games played on smartphones. It offers simple running, jumping, puzzle, shooting challenges depicted with simple pixel visuals. Like Roblox, these offer simple versions of other commercial games. Unlike Roblox, these...

Hitman (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 01/01/2000, updated in 2021

Price: 80% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @IOInteractive

Players: This is a single player game

Hitman 3 is a stealth game where you take on assassination missions and then figure out how to execute them. The dynamic situations you enter unfold as you play and you can try different approaches.

Skatebird

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @GlassBottomGame

Players: This is a single player game

SkateBird is a running (rolling) and jumping game where you play a skateboarding bird who performs tricks and explores skate parks. The skate parks are made of everyday objects such as pencils, books, and staplers which have been transformed into ramps...

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Sifu

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Fighting, Narrative and Simulation

Developer: @Sloclap

Players: This is a single player game

Sifu is a martial arts fighting game with a flowing control system and ageing protagonist. You fight with Kung-Fu combat designed with impact and authenticity in mind.

Bonkies

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/01/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @BonkieCorp

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to maneuver the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

Knight of Exile

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 03/01/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @DonXugloGames

Players: This is a single player game

Knight of Exile is a running, jumping and combat game where you play Cormac, the commander of the royal guard fighting to return from exile to restore order to the kingdom. It's unusual because of the combat mechanics that require players to react...

Free Fire (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 29/10/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @FreeFire_NA

Players: You can play this with 50 players online

Garena Free Fire (also called Free Fire Battlegrounds, Free Fire, Garena Free Fire-New Beginning) is a shooting game like Fortnite but only played on mobile phones and tablet devices. It is highly popular for its online battles where 50 players search...

Drink More Glurp

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @DrinkMoreGlurp

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....

Geometry Dash

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Platform and Rhythm

Developer: @RobTopGames

Players: This is a single player game

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Disc Room

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @DevolverDigital

Players: This is a single player game

Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...

Squad

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 14/12/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @OffWorldInd

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

Squad is an online-only shooting game where you fight in a team of 50 players against an opposing team. It is unusual because of a deep emphasis on teamwork, co-ordination and strategy, as well as being as realistic to real modern day warfare as...

Knockout City

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 21/05/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Developer: @VelanVentures

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Knockout City is a futuristic sports game were rival crews take on dodgeball style battles. It combines arena battles with projectile combat. With the focus on the ball as much as the other players, this brings more strategy and a great emphasis on...

QWOP

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Bfod

Players: This is a single player game

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly co-ordinate movement to gain forward motion. It's really...

Unto The End

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 09/12/2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @2TonStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Unto The End is a cinematic combat-adventure where the fighting is modelled in a read-and-react style. It requires time to master the unusual system but offers many ways to take on foes. Tactics and intelligent decisions are as important for survival as...

Descenders

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @RageSquid

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...

Outward

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 26/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @NineDotsStudio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the...

Mortal Shell

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: @MortalShellGame

Players: This is a single player game

Mortal Shell is a fighting role-playing video with difficult battles. It invites you to explore and fight your way through a shattered world where the remains of humanity wither and rot.

MO: Astray

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 25/10/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @MOAstrayRayark

Players: This is a single player game

MO:Astray is a puzzle, jumping and exploration game. Rather than control a character who runs, you control an amorphous blob. To get around you have to use the game's unique movement mechanics to take advantage of the cleverly designed levels.

Skater XL

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 28/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Skater_XL

Players: This is a single player game

Skater XL is a skateboard simulation game. But unlike other skateboarding games, Skater XL steers clear of objectives or narrative. Instead you can explore a variety of maps and locations at your own pace, finding new places to try different tricks.

One Hand Clapping

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 14/07/2020

Platforms: Stadia

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @BadDreamGames

Players: This is a single player game

One Hand Clapping is a running and jumping game where you sing into a microphone to interact with the world. The game acknowledges how challenging this idea may be, and gently leads you into using your voice to create platforms, adjust the wind and...

Offroad Mania

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 10/02/2020

Platforms: PC and Web Browser

Genres: Puzzle and Racing

Developer: @ActiveGames

Players: This is a single player game

Offroad Mania is a physics focused driving game that has you trying to navigate difficult off-road terrain. It's unusual because of the focus on travseral, vehicle administration and driving skill.

Beat Me!

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 13/11/2020

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @RedLimbStudio

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Beat Me! is a fighting game where comical fantasy characters battle to win. Along with the fun and unusual locations, Beat Me stands out because of its use of real world physics to determine who wins.

Demon's Souls (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @Bluepointgames

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...

Brawlout

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 19/04/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @AngryMobGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Brawlout is a fighting game with 4-player battles in levels with lots of platforms. You try to knock the other players off and win the round. As you inflict damage you can hit them further. Like, Super Smash Bros you also have dash, melee and ranged...

Ready or Not

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @VoidInteractive

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Ready or Not is a tactical shooting game, where you need restraint and discipline as much as a quick trigger finger. Like Rainbow Six Siege, you take on tactical missions with other people and must work together to apprehend suspects with minimal...

Fight Crab

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @Crab_Fight

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Fight Crab is an fighting game where you battle with weaponised crabs. But rather than pressing buttons to pull off moves, you have to work with the game’s over-the-top physics. This combines with giant crustaceans, insane weapons and claws to create...

Eggggg

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 04/02/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform

Developer: @HyperGames

Players: This is a single player game

Eggggg is a silly platform game where you can fly by vomiting in the opposite direction. You play Gilbert who has an extreme egg allergy. Eating them makes him vomit like a fountain which you can use as a special power.

Kolumno

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 15/11/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @DevilishGames

Players: This is a single player game

Kolumno is a puzzle game where you drop a ball down the side of a sphere aiming to reach the bottom without being blocked. Your task is to manipulate the ball so it fits the rotating elements with gaps in them.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @ValveSoftware

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...

Tied Together

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Price: 93% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HeadupGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Tied Together is a platform game for two to four players tied together. Like a three-legged-race you have to co-ordinate how you move. But here you are negotiating jumps and enemies too. Any player can grab the ground and act as a fixed point for...

Steep

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 02/12/2016

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Steep is an extreme winter sports game set in a fully explorable Alps. You can ski, snowboard, paraglide or wingsuit (fly) down various mountains, with alternate pathways to explore and create. You gain experience points from performing tricks and...

Dead Cells

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 10/05/2017

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Role-Playing

Developer: @MotionTwin

Players: This is a single player game

Dead Cells is a running, jumping and fighting game where are escaping a prison. In a bright pixilated world you must accurately time attacks and dodges to defeat a wide range of enemies. It's intentionally hard, and you will die a lot. But each time you...

Wreckfest

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: @BugBearGames

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track,...

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Sports and Strategy

Developer: @TsubasaDT_EN

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Captain Tsubasa Dream Team (Captain Tsubasa Flash Kicker Dream Team on Android) is a game set in the world of a Japanese cartoon about football. It's a tactical rather than action game. You play as the manager rather than players, but then at key...

Rolando

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Mac and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HandCircus

Players: This is a single player game

Rolando is a puzzle-adventure game where you control the ball-like Rolandos. You direct the collection of creatures through levels by tilting the device and interacting with elements like conveyor belts and elevators via the touch screen. It's a lovely...

Gogogo!

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 12/06/2020

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: @GogogoTheGame

Players: You can play with 16 players in the same room

Gogogo! is a puzzle party game where friends and family compete in clever skill and knowledge challenges revolving around their smartphones. There are memory games, reaction games, word puzzles, challenges where you spin on the spot or tap a dot on your...

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Pyre

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 25/07/2017

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Role-Playing and Sports

Developer: @SupergiantGames

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pyre is an unusual mix of role-playing and action sports. It takes place in a fantasy world, where you guide a caravan of exiles during fantasy sports games called Rites. As you explore you build a party of characters who encounter other groups of...

Boom Blox (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 06/05/2008, updated in 2009

Price: 57% off

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Physically Active, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @EA

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Boom Blox is a puzzle game on the Wii, designed by Steven Spielberg, where motion controls are used to direct projectiles at towers in a surprisingly accurate and engaging ways. This extends beyond Jenga-style play to offer physics-based puzzles where...

Heavenly Bodies

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @2ptStudio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Heavenly Bodies is a puzzle exploration game about cosmonauts working in space. You use one controller stick for each arm and a button for each leg. In this way, you navigate around the space station and complete tasks that would be relatively simple if...

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Arms

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 16/06/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @NintendoAmerica

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more...

Earth Analog

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 11/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @lgnkm

Players: This is a single player game

Earth Analog is a flying adventure where you take control of the exploration vessel Eurisko XI in a quest through deep space to find our new home. Unlike other space games, the focus is on the experience of other worlds rather than battling death and...

Gutwhale

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 06/04/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @wombatstuff

Players: This is a single player game

Gutwhale is a challenging shooting game set inside a whale. Unusually, you only have one single bullet, which you must continue to collect after each use if you want to shoot again. The game is split into three distinct levels, each with four sub-levels...

Impossible Bottles

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @HonigStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Impossible Bottles is a rhythm game where you control mechanical robots. You create musical loops with each robot and solve puzzle to get them in harmony. It's a game about the global energy crisis and a scientist’s effort to provide an...

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 22/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @Fromsoftware_pr

Players: This is a single player game

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an adventure fighting game set in the Sengoku period in Japan. You play a shinobi known as Wolf, who has lost an arm, as he attempts to take revenge on a samurai clan who attacked him and kidnapped his lord.

Ghostrunner

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 27/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @Oml_Games

Players: This is a single player game

Ghostrunner is a challenging, fast-paced fighting game with a puzzle solving element. Played from a first-person perspective, you navigate the world using parkour-like skills, running on walls, sliding through gaps or jumping and swinging over them....

HackyZack

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 23/08/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @SpaceboyGames

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Hack Zack is a running and jumping game where you also have to hit a ball through the level to win. Because the game simulates real physics this can be quite a challenge. It's an unusual game that requires planning as well as careful execution.

MXGP 2020 Official Motocross (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 16/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing and Sports

Developer: @MilestoneItaly

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 19 players online

MXGP 2020 The Official Motocross Video Game is an off road motorbike racing game based on the FIM Motocross World Championship. You compete in 19 muddy tracks from the competition, rain or shine, jumping huge hills and altering high-speed sections with...

Gravity Rush

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 09/02/2012, updated in 2017

Price: 42% off

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

Gravity Rush is a running, jumping and exploration adventure game. You play as Kat, an amnesiac with the power to manipulate gravity. She uses this ability to help her community and uncover the mystery of her past.

Chrono Sword

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 01/11/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: @DavidSpaceDuck

Players: This is a single player game

Chrono Sword is an adventure game about Aenor, a time traveller attempting to prevent the death of her loved ones. You learn the technical combat, explore the world, switch time-lines and fight off enemies, to discover the secrets of the past.

ScourgeBringer

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 06/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @FlyingOakGames

Players: This is a single player game

ScourgeBringer is a fast running jumping and shooting game. You play Kyhra who must slash her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past. It's hard and unforgiving, but offers a free flowing exploration and battling that can be tailored...

A Dance of Fire and Ice

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/01/2019

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: @7thBeat

Players: This is a single player game

A Dance of Fire and Ice is a one-button rhythm game where you control a pair of spheres. You press a button to the beat of the music to progress through the mazes. Each press pivots the direction of motion of the paired spheres to make turns and cross...

Heat Signature

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 21/09/2017

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @GunpointGame

Players: This is a single player game

Heat Signature is a tactical shooting game where you break into spaceships on missions to hijack them, steal important technology, assassinate crew members and rescue captives. With simple visuals, viewed from above, you can approach this in many ways...

Splitgate: Arena Warfare

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 24/05/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @1047Games

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Splitgate: Arena Warfare is a movement-focused shooting game. Building on classic quick-motion gun battles, Splitgate adds a gun that can create portals between any two locations. This combines the frantic close-quarters arena combat that was popular in...

BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Rhythm and Shooting

Developer: @PlaytonicGames

Players: This is a single player game

BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a shooting game where shots and attacks must be timed to the beat of the music. The gameplay is focused on motion and shooting, like the Doom games, only here you can only shoot, dodge and reload on the beat. It's repetitive...

Rhythm Paradise

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2016

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Rhythm

Developer: @tsunkuboy

Players: This is a single player game

Rhythm Heaven (also known as Rhythm Paradise, Rhythm World and Rhythm Tengoku) is a Japanese rhythm game where you perform everyday action in time with a musical beat.

Arma 3 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @BohemiaInteract

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

Arma 3 is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the...

Absolver

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 29/08/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @SloClap

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Absolver is a martial arts fighting game, where you play as a travelling warrior. You explore the world and take on staged battles that require a high level of mastery of the combat system.

Gonner (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @DittoMat

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Gonner 2 is a running and jumping game where you defend yourself by shooting enemies in a chaotic procedural environment as a small character called Ikk. You'll need a large amount of patience as you die a lot. To progress you need to hone your shooting...

Red Faction

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 22/05/2001, updated in 2018

Price: 66% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @RedFaction

Players: This is a single player game

Red Faction is a series of shooting and sabotage games. Although the games differ in terms of player perspective, they all share the ability to destroy anything in the environment. The novelty is how believably building collapse. Bring down a wall or...

Super Pole Riders

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 11/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Developer: @Bfod

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

A cross between the high jump, jousting and basketball, Super Pole Riders is a simple game where four players must get a ball hanging from a wire to the opponent’s goal using long poles. It’s the controls that make this game so much of a giggle to...

Shadow Frog

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 18/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Oddrok

Players: This is a single player game

Shadow Frog is a simple running and jumping game you play with a single button/tap on the screen. You play Frogo who needs to escape the caves. Using just your jump button you interact with the cave walls and platforms to get around and collect keys....

Axiom Verge

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 31/03/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @AxiomVerge

Players: This is a single player game

Axiom Verge is a series of running, jumping and fighting games where you play as Trace, a scientist who wakes up in an unknown ancient world. It's similar to retro games like Metroid and Contra where you explore levels, collect items and progress your...

Loot River

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @Straka_Studio

Players: This is a single player game

Loot River is a puzzle fighting game where you explore labyrinths armed with the power of a relic that can shift the ground. This combines the combat with a Tetris-like tile shifting that alters the layout of each room to your advantage.

Tallowmere (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 03/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @ChrisNZL

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Tallowmere is a series of running, jumping and fighting games. You aim to get a high score as you journey through a vast, randomly generated 2D retro-style dungeon, dodging traps and killing enemies in gory and unusual ways. Its unique combination of...

Doom

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 10/12/1993, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @idSoftware

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Doom is a shooting game with a focus on movement and close-quarter combat in tightly designed arenas. Originally released in 1993, it was one of the first 3D shooting games to be made and spawned numerous sequels, novels, comic books, board games, and...


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